READY

The Alliance is collaborating with other organisations to implement a portfolio of projects focusing on adolescents and young people called READY.

Why focus on adolescents and young people?

Adolescents are unique in their development and their health and social needs, and thus require specialised services. Puberty, the transition from childhood to adulthood, and a desire to form relationships and explore sexuality contribute to making adolescence one of the most rapidly changing stages of life.

These changes affect adolescents’ health, not only during adolescence but also across their lifetime. Poor access to health services, and poor quality of those services, during this important time impact the way that adolescents engage with services and, ultimately, affect their health and wellbeing.

Peer educators dancing after a day's workPeer educators dancing after a day's work talking to their peers about sexual and reproductive health. ©Gemma Taylor for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance 

Why 'READY'?

Young people become ready to make informed decisions about their health and rights; parents and caregivers are ready to support young people to talk about sexuality; service providers are ready to provide youth-friendly services; and decision-makers are ready to champion access to information, services and commodities for adolescents and young people living with HIV.

It’s also an acronym which spells out the programme’s purpose: Resilient, Empowered ADolescents and Young people.

What projects have started?

The first two READY projects, READY+ and READY Teens, are under way in East, Central and Southern Africa, and other exciting projects are under development.

Read about READY+

Read about READY Teens

Join the movement

What are you READY to do? Add your voice to the READY movement in four easy steps.

Step 1: Download your #WeAreREADY speech bubble and print it out

Step 2: Write what you’re READY to do

Step 3: Take a picture of yourself and your pledge

Step 4: Post your picture to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #ActOnHIV #WeAreREADY

Read the first edition of the new READY newsletter, bringing you news, stories and latest developments about the emerging READY movement.

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